Google has honored Pakistan’s late Princess of Pop, Nazia Hassan, with a Google Doodle on what would have been her 53rd birthday. They created a gif to honor the young singer with Hassan’s iconic long hair, dressed in a salwar kameez with a sparkling background reminiscent of a disco ball, most likely alluding to her popular song “Disco Deewane.”
The beautiful Pakistani diva was a phenomenal singing sensation in the 80s. She captivated the nation with her beautiful voice. Born in Karachi on April 3rd, 1965, Hassan found fame early in life. She gained popularity in Pakistan through the show “Sung Sung” on PTV at the age of 10. She was then discovered by British producer Kumar at 15 and soon after recorded the legendary song “Aap Jaisa Koi” for the film “Qurbani.”
She became the first Pakistani to win a Filmfare award for “Aap Jaisa Koi.” Hassan’s voice captured the love of the Indian audiences as well as she and her brother Zohaib took on playback singing for films.
She then went on to release two albums with her brother Zohaib: “Boom Boom” in 1982 and “Young Tarang” in 1984. “Young Tarang” became Pakistan’s first album to have music videos, which the siblings shot in London. The siblings sold over 65 million records. She became the first Pakistani singer to hit British charts with her English version of “Disco Deewane,” titled “Dreamer Deewane.”
Hassan also studied law. She graduated from Richmond, The American International University and the University of London. She was a humanitarian who worked at the United Nations and UNICEF. Hassan’s love for her people is what led her to become the nation’s “sweetheart.” She would visit impoverished schools and fight for the rights of young people.
Unfortunately, she passed at the tender age of 35 due to lung cancer. Hassan wasn’t the first Pakistani to be honored by Google. The Doodles have honored Pakistani legends like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Noor Jehan among others.